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The Take 5 is a music podcast where the people you love, share five songs they love. Each guest has a different theme, and the memories attached to their most beloved songs flip them to fan mode, often giving a rare insight into their creative heart. Hosted by Zan Rowe.

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The Take 5 is a music podcast where the people you love, share five songs they love. Each guest has a different theme, and the memories attached to their most beloved songs flip them to fan mode, often giving a rare insight into their creative heart. Hosted by Zan Rowe.

    Best of 2021

    Best of 2021

    We’re wrapping up the Take 5 for another year and even though 2021 still kept a lot of us apart, these conversations helped me find a community again. Maybe they did for you, too. We connected a lot over Zoom, we bonded over the music that made us who we are today, and we learned a whole lot more; not just about the guests who joined us to Take 5, but also about the songs and artists they picked.

    Every year around this time I like to share my favourites. It’s always hard to whittle it down, but in this episode you’ll hear from the conversations that floored me when I had them, and still resonate with me now. From across the world, and many different personal stories, here are some of my favourite moments of the Take 5 this year.

    Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit (chosen by Shirley Manson)

    The Beatles - I Am the Walrus (chosen by Danny Elfman)

    The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby (chosen by Ruby Wax)

    Hot Chip - I Feel Better (chosen by Tony Armstrong)

    Björk - Hyperballad (chosen by Julia Stone)

    Go-Betweens- Your Turn My Turn (chosen by Lindy Morrison)

    The Supremes - Stoned Love (chosen by Billy Bragg)

    Beverly Glen-Copeland - Ever New (chosen by Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine)

    • 31 min
    Fran Kelly's life (so far)

    Fran Kelly's life (so far)

    When Fran Kelly announced she was leaving RN Breakfast after 17 years, everyone I know had a little cry. Maybe it was the same for you too, because this legendary journalist has been waking up with us for a long time. Fran has held those in power to account and told stories we may never have heard otherwise.

    But it’s not often you hear Fran’s stories. That’s why I was so stoked and honoured to have her Take 5 with me, the day after she wrapped her final show on RN Breakfast. The theme was simple; life, so far. And from singing around the kitchen table, to hitting the road to get to her great love, this is a beautiful capture of an extraordinary human.

    The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight

    The Easybeats – Friday On My Mind

    Lucinda Williams – I Just Want To See You So Bad

    Yothu Yindi – Treaty

    Gurrumul - Wiyathul

    • 44 min
    Stella Donnelly's songs that belong

    Stella Donnelly's songs that belong

    The first time I heard Stella Donnelly, I knew she was a star. Then I saw her live, and the heavy weight and brutal honesty of her songs made way for comedy interludes, even cabaret. There’s more to Stella Donnelly, than meets the eye.

    For all of these reasons, I’ve long wanted her to Take 5. Her music has given many a sense of community, a home, so I wanted Stella Donnelly to tell me about the songs that belong, for her. From Billy Bragg to Jenny Hval to male choirs from Wales, this is a beautiful and charming insight into her musical heart.

    Valentine's Day Is Over - Billy Bragg

    Hiraeth - Morriston Orpheus Choir

    Lance Jr - Courtney Barnett

    Spells - Jenny Hval

    Seabird - Alessi Brothers

    • 25 min
    Damon Albarn's universe

    Damon Albarn's universe

    Damon Albarn is one of the busiest men in music. We first met him as frontman for Blur, he kicked off Gorillaz a decade or so after that, and in between collaborated with Malian musicians, wrote operas based on Monkey, and formed supergroups with members of The Clash and Tony Allen. You get the sense that he doesn’t like to sit still, so it was a coup to ask him to do that, for a spell, to Take 5.

    On the day he released his new solo album, Damon invited you into his universe across songs. There are not many people that can mention legends like Lou Reed and Bobby Womack as friends, but it’s the reverence he holds these makers in, that makes this truly special.

    Ghost Town – The Specials

    Trench Town - Bob Marley

    Lou Reed – Dirty Blvd.

    Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street

    The Clash – Rock the Casbah

    • 30 min
    Amy Taylor's Australia

    Amy Taylor's Australia

    As soon as I heard Amyl and the Sniffers, I was hooked. The name for one: genius. And this band out of Melbourne, with a phenomenal frontwoman and wild live show, held a lot of promise. They delivered on their debut, and kept that fire alive on the follow up too. Amy Taylor is the lead singer of Amyl and the Sniffers, and every time I’ve spoken to her I’ve been left feeling giddy afterwards. As we kick off Ausmusic Month for another year, who better to ask to Take 5? From Slim Dusty to Barkaa to AC/DC and beyond, this is Amy Taylor’s Australia.

    AC/DC – If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)

    Maureen Elkner  - Rak off, Normie!

    Barkaa & Mackridge - 22Clan  

    Slim Dusty - Looking Forward Looking Back

    Yothu Yindi - Treaty (Radio Mix)

    • 19 min
    Billy Bragg's songs for the soul

    Billy Bragg's songs for the soul

    When people ask me who’s on my bucket list to Take 5, Billy Bragg is up there. The poet and activist has been part of my life since I was born. He’s a regular visitor to Australia, and his activism, songs and stories have captivated me for decades.  So having him join me on the day he released his new album, was a dream come true.

    The Million Things That Never Happened is a pandemic album, and we all leaned on songs to get us through the last two years. So I asked Billy to share his songs for the soul. From The Supremes to Laura Nyro to Curtis Mayfield, this is a grounding and beautiful convo about the power of music to keep us afloat

    Willin' - Little Feat

    Stoned Love - The Supremes

    Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield

    Save the Country - Laura Nyro

    Musical Communion - The Skatalites

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Robbie Doll ,

A Kiwi’s take on Take 5

I can’t tell you how I stumbled across this podcast, but I’m hooked and never miss an episode (well maybe when Joe Rogan has me locked into one of his three hour epics🤣).
I’m a Kiwi, so many of the guests I have never heard of, but despite that, the people and the content are always very interesting. As a bonus I also get to discover a lot of new (and old) music.
Zan, love your show - it’s a thumbs up from NZ.
Cheers Rob McKay

Heather Woods Writer ,

Amazing Tori episode

Wow, I could listen to Tori Amos allllll day long. Thanks for a brilliant conversation. I’ve just ordered the book ❤️

lewdog+5 ,

100% great

This podcast is great and engaging

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